With regards to the swimming pool we were not initially sure how we would combine a pool with the land and the chalet, but Herve came back with the indoor/outdoor design. I have never seen anything like that before. The pool runs along one side of the chalet, enjoying incredible views down the valley. Either end of the swimming pool is outside, the main section inside, allowing you to swim from one side of the chalet to the other, or if you prefer, just swim indoors.
THE INTERIOR DESIGNERS
Shep & Kyles are well-known, well-respected interior designers and Kyles was involved almost from the beginning. We took her on as an interior designer but she does so much more than that, working between me and the architect. She is a real point person—a project manager who looks at how all the spaces fit together, how to light the space, every little detail.
THE GUEST EXPERIENCE
In the past, on our family ski holidays, we’ve enjoyed the skiing and the resort but when we got home to our chalet it’s always been a bit of a compromise. The chalet has, at best, ticked all the boxes, but certainly, the chalet hasn’t been the choice or ‘The Experience’. With Chalet Joux Plane we have changed that. The big site gave us so much space and so much scope to create a luxury experience that doesn’t really exist in Morzine. We want to be in the chalet. And that is the key. The chalet is also the destination.
FINDING THE LOCATION
We looked for a while in a non-serious way. Then we looked more seriously and found a few ‘compromised’ options that thankfully fell through. Eventually, an estate agent found us this land, which comprises two plots. Around late 2014 we secured the plots. Approvals took some time, maybe up to around May 2015, so from start to finish I’d say Joux Plane was 3 years in the making. I definitely have a photo of me, late summer 2014 stood in a meadow in Morzine, which is now our chalet.
MOST EXCITED ABOUT?
The pool is the big thing. I love that we have a gym, that’s great, but personally, I will probably run outside. The cinema, again, that’s great, I will certainly use it once a week, but for me, I’m excited about the outside spaces – the pool, the deck, really enjoying being in the mountains.
POSITIONING AND LAYOUT
One end of the house is almost entirely glass and you can see straight down the valley. That is where the main living area is, with the mezzanine dining area, the bar, the snug library, the ‘party zone’. It’s such a big space, with big balconies for evening drinks. It’s just space, and views, comfortable sofas, open fire, all created to let you truly experience the mountain.
The property takes its name from the iconic road on which it is situated, one of the most famous Tour de France climbs in the Alps which hosted the final stage of last year’s race. The Joux Plane ascent has beaten the likes of Lance Armstrong and it is, by itself, world famous and the perfect location and name for this chalet.